The battle of the bags

PUBLISHED: 11:45 18 May 2006 | UPDATED: 10:09 06 May 2010

I read with interest your article about bin or bag in The Comet, May 11. We used to live in an area, many years ago, where wheelie bins were supplied. They were so successful; it seems incredible that Stevenage Borough Council is still using the outdated

I read with interest your article about bin or bag in The Comet, May 11.

We used to live in an area, many years ago, where wheelie bins were supplied. They were so successful; it seems incredible that Stevenage Borough Council is still using the outdated bag collection.

The main advantages of wheelie bins was the health and safety aspect, ie there was no ripped bags spilling food and dangerous objects on the roads and pavement.

During the summer months this was a blessing because of less contamination from mice, rats and flies. The refuse collectors also preferred it because they did not have to handle dangerous objects.

I hope the council can take Stevenage into the modern age in the near future.

Mrs TIERNEY, Thurlow Close, Stevenage

* It seems that the rubbish bag debate has changed to a campaign for wheelie bins.

Since the introduction of kerbside recycling, very little now goes in the rubbish bag, and I for one would not currently value the introduction of an unwieldy wheelie bin.

However, those with larger quantities of rubbish may well prefer a wheelie bin.

May I suggest that the council ultimately looks into collection vehicles which can handle both wheelie bins and bagged rubbish. They could then offer householders a choice of wheelie bins or bags.

NAME AND ADDRESS WITHHELD


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